I asked a question in another SE network, about the expression "Last Judgment". The question assumes that if "last" is used in such expression, there must be a sequence of events of size larger than one, to which such event is the last one. However, I got this comment, which states:
'Last' need not mean that there was something before it. It can indicate that it is final with nothing to follow it.
Is this interpretation of "last" correct? Do you know of examples where "last N" is used to refer to an instance of N which has cardinality of one?
I looked at the ODO but to me this expression seems to be always used in reference to a series of events. As an adjective, points 1 and 2 are clear. Point 3 refers to most recent in time, or latest, but this seems to be about past events. The Last Judgment is always referring to a future, never to the past. Same conclusion follows when "last" used as an adverb.